Reuters - Video

Edition: US | UK | IN | CN | JP

video Video

Clashes kill five as Venezuelans protest vote for new congress

Friday, July 28, 2017 - 01:17

Clashes between Venezuelan security forces and demonstrators have killed five people during the latest opposition-led strike to protest an election that critics contend will mark the end of democracy in the oil-rich country. No reporter narration.

▲ Hide Transcript

View Transcript

(ROUGH CUT - NO REPORTER NARRATION) Clashes between Venezuelan security forces and demonstrators have killed five people during the latest opposition-led strike to protest an election on Sunday (July 30) that critics contend will mark the end of democracy in the oil-rich country. Opponents of President Nicolas Maduro are taking to the streets to pile more pressure on the unpopular leftist leader. At least 108 people have died during the protests that started in April to end two decades of socialist rule. But they were dispersed by members of the National Guard lobbing tear gas canisters at the demonstration and making arrests. Maduro has put forward an election for the Constituent Assembly, which would have power to rewrite the constitution and shut down the existing opposition-led legislature. The opposition says the move would cement dictatorship in Venezuela. Voters on Sunday will choose 364 constitutional representatives distributed across municipalities and state capitals and another 181 "sectoral" candidates from demographic groups ranging from students to farmers and fisherman. The opposition Democratic Unity coalition is boycotting the vote, arguing candidates are stacked in the government's favour. Interior Minister Nestor Reverol warned that protests were banned from Friday to Tuesday, leaving open the likelihood of more violence in volatile Venezuela. Many Venezuelans are nervous and have been stocking up on food and staying home.

Press CTRL+C (Windows), CMD+C (Mac), or long-press the URL below on your mobile device to copy the code

Clashes kill five as Venezuelans protest vote for new congress

Friday, July 28, 2017 - 01:17